Snob vs Shrewd - What's the difference?
As a noun snob
As an adjective shrewd is
showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters.
(colloquial) A cobbler or shoemaker.
* 1929 , (Frederic Manning), The Middle Parts of Fortune , Vintage 2014, p. 57:
(dated) A member of the lower classes; a commoner.
* 1844 , (Charles Dickens), Martin Chuzzlewit :
- The snobs were also kind to him, and gave him a pair of boots which they assured him were of a type and quality reserved entirely for officers […].
* 1913 , (Arthur Conan Doyle), The Poison Belt :
- 'D'ye know a slap-up sort of button, when you see it?' said the youth. 'Don't look at mine, if you ain't a judge, because these lions' heads was made for men of men of taste: not snobs .'
(informal) A person who wishes to be seen as a member of the upper classes and who looks down on those perceived to have inferior or unrefined tastes.
* 1958 , (Arnold Wesker), Roots :
- I tell you, sir, that I have a brain of my own, and that I should feel myself to be a snob and a slave if I did not use it.
- If wanting the best things in life means being a snob' then glory hallelujah I'm a ' snob .
* social climber
showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters
artful, tricky or cunning
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, author=Jeremy Wilson
, title=tEngland Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report
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(archaic) Scolding, satirical, sharp.
* 1599 ,
- LEONATO. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.